Is it or isn’t it?

November 15th, 2009

Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
December 8, 2009–February 28, 2010


from the Getty website:
Coming in December, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles presents an unprecedented exploration of the drawings of Rembrandt van Rijn and his students. Rembrandt was a popular teacher with dozens of pupils, and he taught all of them to draw in his style. But which of the thousands of drawings created in his studio are by Rembrandt himself—and how do we tell the difference?

This innovative exhibition untangles the mystery, inviting visitors to help solve the puzzle by looking closely to distinguish artists’ styles for themselves. Distilling over 30 years of scholarly research, this major international loan exhibition presents a singular opportunity to explore the differences between Rembrandt’s drawings and those of more than 14 pupils and followers. In carefully selected pairings of celebrated drawings by Rembrandt and his pupils, the exhibition outlines these artistic differences and sheds light on the art of drawing in Rembrandt’s circle and the vibrant creative life within the master’s studio.

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